Family Events & Festivals

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 Babysitting EventsGo to top of List
 
Thursdays
WEE ONES
JMRL - Crozet Library.
A special time for babies and caregivers to read, sing, move, and play! No siblings, please, as this is a special one-on-one time. Each baby will need the full attention of his or her caregiver. No meeting on July 4. Northside Library.  9:30-10am.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 1 to 2.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
 ConcertsGo to top of List
 
October 20, Sunday
CHARLOTTESVILLE MUNICIPAL BAND FALL CONCERT
The Municipal Band of Charlottesville.
Enjoy this performance with guest soloist Katy Ambrose, Horn. V. Earl Dickinson Main Stage Theater at PVCC.  3:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-295-9850. 
 
November 15, Saturday
ARIANA GRANDE
John Paul Jones Arena.
Multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning recording artist, Ariana Grande comes to Charlottesville. The Sweetener World Tour is Grande's fourth concert tour in support of her hit studio albums Sweetener and Thank U, Next. John Paul Jones Arena.  7:30pm.  $Varies.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-243-4960. 
 
December 7, Saturday
VIRGINIA GLEE CLUB'S 79TH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CONCERT
Virginia Glee Club/McIntire Department of Music.
The UVA Glee Club performs seasonal favorites with plenty of audience participation and entertainment for the entire family. Old Cabell Hall.  8pm.  Email: tickets@email.virginia.edu. For details, please click this link. 
 
 ExhibitsGo to top of List
 
November 2, Saturday
ARTCHO
ArtCHO.
Enjoy this annual festival with art, music, food and fun in a family-friendly environment. High-quality artwork at reasonable prices will be exhibited and local restaurants and musicians will keep attendees well-fed and entertained. Donations support local charities. IX Art Park.  10:30am-5:30pm.  $Free.  Email: eileen@artcho.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
November 9 & 10, Saturday & Sunday
25TH ANNUAL ARTISANS STUDIO TOUR
46 artisans set up in 25 studios throughout central Virginia to display their craft on this self-guided tour. This is an opportunity to talk to professional artisans in a studio environment and experience their passion for creating fine art. Charlottesville and surrounding counties.  10am-5pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: director@artisanstudiotour.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-1882. 
 
November 15 & 16, Friday & Saturday
INLIGHT RICHMOND
1708 Gallery.
This free and open exhibition features performances, sculpture, video, and interactive projects that illuminate pathways, walls, sidewalks, green spaces, and kicks off with the Community Lantern Parade. Chimborazo Park, Church Hill.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@1708gallery.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-643-1708. 
 
LOCAL MUSEUMS
We have many fabulous museums in our region. Everything from our own Virginia Discovery Museum downtown to the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond! Please also take a look at our other publication especially for tourists and newcomers, The Charlottesville Welcome Book. Visit our CharlottesvilleFamily Guide to Family Fun Year-Round for comprehensive museum listings for families in our area. For details, please click this link. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
 Farm & Orchard EventsGo to top of List
 
October 19, Saturday
20TH ANNUAL APPLE HARVEST CELEBRATION
Showalters Orchard.
Enjoy a large variety of already picked apples, PYO apples, Virginia-made items, food trucks, craft vendors, live music, Old Hill cider tastings, childrens activities and more. Showalters Orchard and Greenhouse, Timberville.  10am-5pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
October 19, Saturday
24TH ANNUAL APPLE BUTTER FESTIVAL
Wade's Mill.
Enjoy a crisp Autumn day at the oldest commercially operating water powered grist mill in the Shenandoah Valley. Local artisans and crafts include broom making, blacksmithing, alpaca wool products, pottery, stained glass, lavender products, jewelry, wood turning and more. Take a tour of the historic mill and listen to live music while you enjoy food. Take a turn stirring with the long-handled paddle, and take home a jar of freshly made, 100 percent natural apple butter. Wade's Mill, Raphine.  10am-4pm.  $Free.  Email: info@wadesmill.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-348-1400. 
 
September 28-29 & October 19-20
APPLE FESTIVAL AT DRUMHELLER'S
Drumheller's Orchard.
This apple festival will offer food vendors, crafters, hayrides, an apple sling shot, a corn maze, apples, fresh cider, pumpkins, inflatables and more. Drumheller's Orchard.  9am-5pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@drumhellersorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-263-5036. 
 
October 19 & 20, Saturday & Sunday
BATESVILLE APPLE BUTTER DAYS
Batesville Community Service Club.
Batesville's premier fall event to cut wood for fires, haul tents and chairs, peel and slice 60 bushes of apples, stir, fix breakfast, can, label and clean up etc. Long-time regulars have done this each year since 1975 as a fundraising effort and newer locals are invited to join in. The event goes all through Saturday night without stopping until Sunday afternoon. Batesville.  10am Saturday to 2pm Sunday.  Email: events@batesvilleva.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
September 29-October, Saturdays & Sundays
SARAH'S PUMPKIN PATCH
Sarah's Pumpkin Patch.
Pick your own pumpkins from three acres of pumpkins and enjoy family fun every weekend in October. Off of Caves Ford Lane, Orange.  10am-5pm Saturdays, 12-5pm Sundays.  Email: sarahspumpkins@gmail.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
October 26, Saturday
DISCOVER GALLEYWINTER FARM
Integrative Health & Horesmanship.
Explore how horses help humans for a free day of demos and presentations followed by live music and a community potluck. All ages welcome. Galleywinter Farm.  Directions: 8801 Dick Woods Road, Afton.  1-6pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-244-2663. 
 
Saturdays in October
HENLEYFEST
Henley's Orchard.
Enjoy hay rides, cider making, apple cider donuts, apple picking and more each Saturday in October. Henley's Orchard, Crozet.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-7848. 
 
October 26-27, Saturday-Sunday
FIELD DAY IN THE MEADOWS AT BREWING TREE
Brewing Tree Beer Company.
Join in two days of breweries, wineries, cideries, live music, food trucks, fall-festival games like mini-pumpkin and apple launching and rubber duck races with prizes, kids' activities and more. Brewing Tree Beer Company, Afton.  11am-8pm Saturday, 12-5pm Sunday.  $Free ($5 parking fee may apply).  All ages welcome.  Contact: River City Festivals.  Email: info@rivercityfestivals.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
Saturdays in October
THE GOLDEN KERNEL PUMPKIN PATCH
The Golden Kernel.
Enjoy free hayrides to the pumpkin patch every Saturday in October (weather permitting) with over 26 acres of pumpkins, squash and gourds. 1752 Weyers Cave Rd., Grottoes.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-249-4813. 
 
October 5-October 31
CELEBRATE FALL AT ROUND HILL FARM
Round Hill Farm.
Admission includes a hayride to the pumpkin patch, a 200-foot zip line, a hay-bale maze and pyramid, corn maze, 100-foot super slide, farm animals, moon bounces and the tire-swing playground! Off-road adventure rides, pony rides, pumpkins, barrel train rides and face painting for an additional fee. Round Hill Farm.  3:30-6pm weekdays, 10am-5pm weekends.  $12.50.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-308-8245. 
 
Aug 10-October 31
FALL AT THE ORCHARD
Fruit Hill Orchard.
Apple picking, pumpkin picking and a large farm market of grown-on-site vegis and homemade cider. Visit the Apple Museum for a self guided tour, enjoy an apple cider donut, and play a few games of corn hole, can-jam, or checkers in the back yard! Pumpkin Patch opens mid-Sept. Palmyra.  Directions: 2745 Thomas Jefferson Parkway .  Tuesday-Saturday 10am-6pm.  Email: ruithillorchard@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-589-7215. 
 
Now-November
PICK YOUR OWN APPLES
The Market at Grelen.
Every Saturday and Sunday starting September 20 through October take a free hayride to the orchards from 12-3pm where you can pick your own apples. PYO hours are Wednesday - Sunday starting at 9am with the property closing at 4pm 15091 Yager Rd, Somerset.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-7268. 
 
Mid September-November
PICK YOUR OWN PUMPKINS
Chiles Peach Orchard.
Pick your own from the pumpkin patch, or buy them in the market. Chiles Peach Orchard.  Mon-Sat 9am-6pm, Sundays 10am-5pm.  Email: info@chilespeachorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-1583. 
 
October 1-31
PUMPKIN PATCH AT SEAMANS' ORCHARDS
Silver Creek and Seamans' Orchards, Inc.
Pick your own pumpkin or buy a pre-picked one. Silver Creek & Seamans' Orchards, Tyro.  10am-4:30pm Monday-Saturday, 1-5pm Sunday.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-277-5824. 
 
November 3, Saturday
APPLE BUTTER MAKING
Saunders Brothers Market.
Enjoy the good ol' boys apple butter stir. Hot biscuits available for purchase with tubs of home-churned apple butter to go with them. Live music. Saunders Brothers Farm Market.  11am-3pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-277-5455. 
 
September 28-October 28
27TH ANNUAL PUMPKIN FESTIVAL
Sinkland Farms.
For five weekends, enjoy live music, food, hayrides to the pumpkin patch, face painting, a corn maze, farmyard animals, a kids' zone, ride-a-rescue horse and more. Sinkland Farms, Christiansburg.  4-8pm Fridays, 10am-5pm Saturdays, 12-5pm Sundays.  $Special Pricing with Limited Attractions.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-382-4647. 
 
September 21-November 3, Weekends
BELVEDERE'S FALL HARVEST FESTIVAL
Belvedere Plantation.
Pick your own pumpkins from the patch (day or night) or select pre-picked from the market store. Frolic in the fall weather with the corn maze, wagon rides, campfire, tons of pies in the market, Dangerfield Downs, Ziplines, Straw Jump, Pumpkin Cannon, Trike Train Pumpkin Mountain Slide, Spider Web, Pedal Carts, Extreme Pedal Carts, Jumping Pillow, Barrel Train, Pony Rides and Flower Cutting. New this is the Sunflower September Spectacular, where visitors can enjoy the sunflower PYO field on Sept. 21-22 & 24-29. Belvedere Plantation.  Directions: 1410 Belvedere Drive, Fredericksburg.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-373-4478. 
 
Sept 28-Nov 3
SKEETER'S MAZE & PUMPKIN ADVENTURE
Creative Works Farm.
Come join Skeeter and his friends on your trip through the corn maze. Find your way through the 6 acre maze, then spend time with your friends in the gaga ball pit, playing corn hole, playing 9-square, or one of other other fun games! pumpkins for sale, $2-$6 each. Benefits Camp LIGHT 107 Creative Works Ln Waynesboro.  Sat 10-5, Sun 12-5 (oct 12 close at 1).  $5.  Email: info@creativeworksfarm.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
Late-July-early November
PICK YOUR OWN APPLES
Dickie Brothers Orchard.
This Nelson Country orchard has been owned and operated by the same family for more than 267 years, ever since King George issued their land grant. The orchard-home to 20 apple varieties-is located near the scenic George Washington National Forest and Wintergreen resort, and many families include a hike to Crabtree Falls while in the area. Dickie Brothers Orchard.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@dickiebros.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-277-5516. 
 
September 7-November 11
LIBERTY MILLS FARM CORN MAZE
Liberty Mills Farm.
Get lost in Central Virginia's largest corn maze of over 33 acres. Admission includes puzzles within the maze, hay rides (when operating) and activities and games. Flashlight maze Saturdays from 6-10pm starting September 21. Liberty Mills Farm, Somerset.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@libertymillsfarm.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-882-6293. 
 
April 14-November 24, Weekend Afternoons
BARN AND FARM HISTORY DAYS
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Come enjoy the barn at Ivy Creek Natural Area. This was formerly the showpiece of the working farm known as River View Farm. Enjoy the displays including an observing beehive and farm equipment. Open every weekend afternoon until Thanksgiving. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  2-4pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: programs@ivycreekfoundation.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7772. 
 
Mid August-November
CARTER MOUNTAIN ORCHARD PICK-YOUR-OWN APPLES
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Pick your own apples from mid-August to late November and look for hayrides and pumpkins in the fall, and enjoy baked goods, jams and hot apple cider donuts-a mouth-watering local tradition-year-round. This is also a great place to bring visitors, since the panoramic view of Charlottesville and the Blue Ridge Mountains is fantastic. Carter Mountain Orchard.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@cartermountainorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-1833. 
 
April 13-December 22, Saturday-Sunday
PANCAKE BREAKFASTS
Chiles Peach Orchard.
Come start the day off right. Enjoy our delicious breakfast of all-you-can-eat pancakes with our fresh fruit topping served with a side of sausage and OJ/milk/coffee. Eat until you're full, then stroll the farm market for delicious fruit and unique and local gift items. Chiles Peach Orchard, Crozet.  Saturday 9-11am; Sunday 10am-12pm.  $8.99 for ages 12+, $5.99 for kids 12 and under.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-1583. 
 
LOCAL FARMS & ORCHARDS
Charlottesville-Albemarle has many great outdoor opportunities for families and perennial favorites are berry-picking, pumpkin picking, and springtime farm visits to see baby animals. In our AF Guide to Family Fun you'll find listings for farms and orchards that welcome families. Please be courteous and call ahead to plan your visit--these wonderful places are also home for the farmers. For details, please click this link. 
 
Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays in November
MORNINGS WITH THE MINIS
Morning Sun Minis.
Spend time interacting with and learning about miniature horses and enjoy an intimate, personalized session. Morning Sun Minis.  Directions: 6946 Louisa Rd.  By appointment.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-272-5267. 
 
 FestivalsGo to top of List
 
September 28-29 & October 19-20
APPLE FESTIVAL AT DRUMHELLER'S
Drumheller's Orchard.
This apple festival will offer food vendors, crafters, hayrides, an apple sling shot, a corn maze, apples, fresh cider, pumpkins, inflatables and more. Drumheller's Orchard.  9am-5pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@drumhellersorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-263-5036. 
 
October 5-6, 12-13, 19-20, Saturdays & Sundays
APPLE HARVEST FESTIVAL
Graves Mountain Lodge.
In celebration of 49 years, savor good food and homemade apple butter at this annual fest with bluegrass music, crafts fair, hay maze, hayrides and horseback rides, rain or shine. Kids can climb the hay mountain, visit the animals and pick apples! Graves Mountain Lodge, Syria.  10am-4:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@gravesmountain.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-923-4231. 
 
October 18-20, Friday-Sunday
BOO AT THE ZOO
National Zoo.
With numerous treat stations, animal demonstrations, decorated trails and opportunities to learn about some seriously spooky animals, this frightfully fun evening is a magical time for the whole family. National Zoo, Washington DC.  5:30-9:30pm.  $Varies.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 202-633-3045. 
 
September 1-October 22
FALL FESTIVAL
Back Home-on the Farm.
Enjoy some old-fashioned fall fun, including a 7-acre pumpkin patch, a 5-acre corn maze, wagon rides to pumpkin patch, a historic carousel, a cow train, rubber ducky race, pig races, Putt Putt golf, campfires and more. Back Home-on the Farm, Harrisonburg.  3-7pm Mondays-Fridays, 10am-7pm Saturdays in September, 10am-10pm Saturdays in October, 12-6pm Sundays.  $10, under age 2 are free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-442-6493. 
 
October 22
FAMILY PUMPKIN PARTY
Blue Mountain Brewery.
Pumpkin carving, treats, and live music by Kim & Jimbo Cary. Face-painting with The Glitter Bee too. BYOP or buy one there for $5. Full menu. Blue Mountain Brewery, Afton.  3-7:30pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-456-8020. 
 
October 26, Saturday
19TH ANNUAL HALLOWEEN HOOPLA
Spooky fun awaits! Dress up in your favorite costume and head down to the museum for an afternoon of trick-or-treating, pumpkin experiments and lots of chances for Halloween fun. Enjoy performances by a magician, Plaid Points Dance Company and more. Children's Museum Downtown.  Directions: 2626 W Broad Street.  1-5pm.  $Free for children, $4 for adults.  For details, please click this link. 
 
October 26, Saturday
6TH ANNUAL OKTOBERFEST
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
Celebrate fall, nature's grand finale, with OktoberFest  a day filled with live music, games and prizes, all included in Garden admission. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  11am-4pm.  $Regular Garden Admission.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-262-9887. 
 
October 26, Saturday
BLUE RIDGE FOLKLIFE FESTIVAL
Blue Ridge Institute & Museum.
Enjoy Virginia's largest celebration of authentic regional traditions with musical performances and storytelling, workshops, artisans, mule jumping, folk games, heirloom fruits and vegetables, farm machinery demos, hundreds of vintage cars, the museum's operating moonshine still and more. Ferris College, Ferrum.  Directions: 10 miles west of Rocky Mount, Va., on Rt. 40.  All ages welcome.  Email: bri@ferrum.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-365-4412. 
 
October 27, Sunday
FARMING IN THE VALLEY
Creative Works Farm.
Farming in the Valley is a family-friendly festival geared towards children's education in agriculture. The festival hosts great activities like a petting zoo, pumpkin painting, corn maze, pony rides, pedal pull and much more. Creative Works Farm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
October 27, Sunday
HALLOWEEN AT HIGHLAND
James Monroe's Highland.
In partnership with the Albemarle County Fair, James Monroe's Highland will host Halloween at Highlandan afternoon of fall fun. Admission includes hayrides through the pastures, walks through the corn maze, face painting and entry in the children's Halloween costume contest (ages 14 and under) at 4pm and pumpkin contest at 5pm for all ages. Food and drink will be available for purchase. All proceeds will support youth agricultural programming and the Albemarle County Fair at Highland. James Monroe's Highland.  1-6pm.  $5/per participant, FREE for children under 6.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@highland.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-293-8000. 
 
October 4-27, Fridays-Sundays
HAUNTED CAMP WEEKENDS
Misty Mountain Camp Resort.
Four Weeks of spell-binding activities for the whole family. There will be trick or treating, costume contests, pumpkin carving, bobbing for apples, wagon ride to pick pumpkins in the pumpkin patch, site decorating contest, air brush tattoos, movies, wagon rides, bonfire, karaoke, ice cream social and more. Sunday coffee & donuts. Misty Mountain Camp Resort.  Directions: 56 Misty Mountain Road, Crozet.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 888-647-8900. 
 
October, Saturdays & Sundays
PUMPKIN PATCH FESTIVAL
Chisholm Vineyards.
Family fun at Chisholm Vineyards at Adventure Farm. Corn maze, pick-your-own pumpkins, hay rides, kids' activities, live music, food trucks and more. Spend the day on the farm with us. Chisholm Vineyards.  12-6pm, Saturdays & Sundays in October.  $8+.  All ages welcome.  Email: andrea@chisholmvineyards.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-466-3989. 
 
October 23-27, Wednesday-Sunday
VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL
Virginia Film Festival.
Celebrate the magic of movies and find inspiration with featured documentaries, films and fresh perspectives on timeless classics. Various locations.  Various times.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@vafilm.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-924-3376. 
 
November 2, Saturday
19TH ANNUAL APPLE HARVEST FESTIVAL
Albemarle CiderWorks / CoveGarden Ruritan Club / Vintage Virginia Apples.
Celebrate apples with ciders, apple butter, fried apple pies, caramel apples and more. Visit local food vendors and artisan craft vendors, enjoy hay rides and live music all day. Workshops and an apple pie contest will also be featured. Albemarle CiderWorks, North Garden.  10am-5pm.  Email: fruit@albemarleciderworks.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-1663. 
 
November 2, Saturday
ARTCHO
ArtCHO.
Enjoy this annual festival with art, music, food and fun in a family-friendly environment. High-quality artwork at reasonable prices will be exhibited and local restaurants and musicians will keep attendees well-fed and entertained. Donations support local charities. IX Art Park.  10:30am-5:30pm.  $Free.  Email: eileen@artcho.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
November 2, Saturday
MONTPELIER HUNT RACES
Montpelier Steeplechase and Equestrian Foundation.
Experience world-class steeplechase horse races. Enjoy the Jack Russell Terrier races, kids' stick-horse races and Vendors Row. Montpelier.  Directions: Montpelier Station.  9am-6pm.  $Varies.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Martha Strawther.  Email: martha@montpelierraces.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-0027. 
 
September 28-October 28
27TH ANNUAL PUMPKIN FESTIVAL
Sinkland Farms.
For five weekends, enjoy live music, food, hayrides to the pumpkin patch, face painting, a corn maze, farmyard animals, a kids' zone, ride-a-rescue horse and more. Sinkland Farms, Christiansburg.  4-8pm Fridays, 10am-5pm Saturdays, 12-5pm Sundays.  $Special Pricing with Limited Attractions.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-382-4647. 
 
September 21-November 3, Weekends
BELVEDERE'S FALL HARVEST FESTIVAL
Belvedere Plantation.
Pick your own pumpkins from the patch (day or night) or select pre-picked from the market store. Frolic in the fall weather with the corn maze, wagon rides, campfire, tons of pies in the market, Dangerfield Downs, Ziplines, Straw Jump, Pumpkin Cannon, Trike Train Pumpkin Mountain Slide, Spider Web, Pedal Carts, Extreme Pedal Carts, Jumping Pillow, Barrel Train, Pony Rides and Flower Cutting. New this is the Sunflower September Spectacular, where visitors can enjoy the sunflower PYO field on Sept. 21-22 & 24-29. Belvedere Plantation.  Directions: 1410 Belvedere Drive, Fredericksburg.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-373-4478. 
 
Ongoing
SCHOOL FAIRS AND FESTIVALS
Many local schools host wonderful special events each year--fairs, festivals, dances, spaghetti suppers and more. Because they are designed by parents for families you can be sure of having a good time and supporting a worthwhile cause. For details, please click this link. 
 
 History ActivitiesGo to top of List
 
October 26, Sunday
10TH ANNUAL CROZET SPIRIT WALK
Field School of Charlottesville.
Partake in this fun, family-friendly annual event at Field School. A school bus will shuttle history buffs from Field to the Crozet Square. From there, a guide/narrator will walk small groups along Crozet Avenue back to the school, conversing with student actors portraying ghostly characters from various periods in Crozet and Central Virginia history along the way. Each tour lasts about 45 minutes, and homemade apple butter, apple cider and other goodies will be available for sale at the school. Field School of Charlottesville.  All ages welcome.  Email: field@fieldschoolcv.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-923-3435. 
 
October 26, Saturday
LET'S GO COOK CHOCOLATE
Monticello.
Have you ever wondered where chocolate comes from? Take a delicious journey back in time and around the globe to discover the story of chocolate. Grind cacao beans and make historic recipes enjoyed in Thomas Jefferson's time. For young cooks (ages 5 and up) and their favorite grown-ups. Monticello.  Directions: Meets at the David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center.  9:30-11:30am.  $12 adults, $9 children ages 5-9, under 5 free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-984-9800. 
 
October 26, Saturday
THE GREAT BEYOND: CEMETERY ARCHAEOLOGY WALKING TOUR
James Madison's Montpelier.
Tour the Madison and slave cemeteries with a Montpelier archaeologist. James Madison's Montpelier.  1pm.  $22 for adults; $9 for kids ages 6-14.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2728. 
 
November 6, Wednesday
2019 HOME EDUCATOR DAY AT HIGHLAND
James Monroe's Highland.
Home educator families will enjoy an exclusive walk-through of the presidential guest house and exhibit spaces, from 9-11am, along with additional activities including appearances by James and Elizabeth Monroe, war of 1812 militia soldiers, historic land surveying, wool spinning demonstration, cross stitch sampler programs, historic games and crafts. James Monroe's Highland.  9am-3pm.  $5 for participants and adult chaperones, Children under 6 and Monroe's Farm Friends are Free.  Email: info@highland.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-293-8000. 
 
November 9, Saturday
LET'S GO BEHIND THE SCENES WITH ARCHAEOLOGY
Monticello.
Kids and their grown-ups are invited for a sneak peek at the Monticello Archaeology Lab. Work with authentic artifacts and learn how archaeologists puzzle together pieces of the past to learn about the people who lived at Monticello. Meets at the David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center, Monticello.  10am-12pm.  $9 children ages 7-11 (free for ages 6 and below), $12 adults.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-984-9800. 
 
November 8-11, Friday-Monday
VETERANS DAY WEEKEND FREE FOR U.S. MILITARY VETERANS
James Madison's Montpelier.
During Veterans Day Weekend, Montpelier says "thank you" to all U.S. military veteran guests with a free House tour and Museum Shop discount. James Madison's Montpelier.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2728. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
Every Month, Third Saturday
TODDLER TIME AT MONTICELLO
Monticello.
Toddlers and their adult companions will love an adventure in the Griffin Discovery Room for story time, crafts, and special activities - the perfect introduction to the world of Thomas Jefferson! Monticello, Griffin Discovery Room.  9-10am.  $10.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9880. 
 
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May 4-October 19, Saturdays
MADISON FARMERS MARKET
Madison Farmers' Market.
Come to the Farmers Market to shop, eat and browse from a local and fresh selection. Hoover Ridge Park, Madison.  8am-12pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-948-6881. 
 
May 4-October 26, Saturdays
CROZET FARMERS MARKET
The market offers a variety of locally grown vegetables, bedding plants, vegetable starts, cut flowers, homemade baked goods, handcrafted jewelry, woodcraft and pottery. Crozet United Methodist parking lot.  8am-12pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Al Minutolo.  Email: aminutolo@embarqmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-1092. 
 
May 14-October 29, Tuesdays
FOREST LAKES FARMERS MARKET
Forest Lakes Community Association.
Shop local produce, plants, meats and eggs, home-baked goods, jams and more. Forest Lakes South.  Directions: Recreation Center parking lot.  4-7pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Alisa Wildman.  Email: forestlakesmarket@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-531-2733. 
 
May 5-October 30, Wednesdays
FARMERS IN THE PARK
Charlottesville Parks and Recreation.
Charlottesville's first growers only market. Farm fresh veggies, fruit, baked goods, plants and much more. 300 Meade Park.  Directions: Corner of Meade Avenue & Chesapeake Street.  3-7pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: maloy@charlottesville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-970-3371. 
 
April 6-November 16, Saturdays
SCOTTSVILLE COMMUNITY FARMERS MARKET
Scottsville Chamber of Commerce.
Enjoy local produce, meat and eggs, baked goods, flowers, jams and hand-crafted items in historic Scottsville. Scottsville Pavilion.  Directions: 125 Fleet St., Scottsville.  8am-12pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: market@scottsville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-286-9267. 
 
November 15-17, Friday-Sunday
26TH ANNUAL MARTHA'S MARKET
Martha Jefferson Hospital Foundation.
The Women's Committee of the Martha Jefferson Hospital Foundation, along with Wells Fargo, will be hosting the 26th Annual Martha's Market at The Pavilion at Boar's Head Resort with a Celebration of Hope Gala on Saturday, November 16. Martha's Market benefits women's healthcare in central Virginia. More than 40 unique boutiques will transform the pavilion into a beautiful marketplace with something for everyone. Local vendors will be featured among with many boutiques from all over the country. The Boar's Head, The Pavilion.  Varies.  Contact: Martha Jefferson Hospital Foundation.  Email: MJH_Foundation@Sentara.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-654-8258. 
 
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October 18, Friday
AFTER HOURS MOVIE: GOOSEBUMPS 2 [PG]
JMRL - Crozet Library.
Slappy's back and causing trouble with all of his ghoulish friends. If you're feeling brave, you'll enjoy this (slightly) scary movie. Crozet Library.  6-7:30pm.  Recommended for ages 8 to 13.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-4050. 
 
October 23-27, Wednesday-Sunday
VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL
Virginia Film Festival.
Celebrate the magic of movies and find inspiration with featured documentaries, films and fresh perspectives on timeless classics. Various locations.  Various times.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@vafilm.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-924-3376. 
 
November 2, Saturday
POPCORN AT THE MOVIES
Scottsville Library.
Snuggle up on a Saturday afternoon and enjoy popcorn and a movie based upon a classic children's story. Feel free to bring a stuffed animal and a blanket and enjoy the show! (Children 10 and up may be dropped off for the movie). Scottsville Library.  2-4pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-286-3541. 
 
CVILLE MOVIES
Find out the movie schedule for all of Charlottesville here. For details, please click this link. 
 
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October 25, Friday
BOO BASH!
Virginia Discovery Museum/Baggby's.
Dress up and enjoy carnival games, activities, face painting and crafts. Concoct kooky potions with the happy ol' hag in the Showalter Cabin, decorate cookies from Baggby's, dance in the Monster Mash bubble-wrap dance room, meet the UVA Chemistry LEAD Mad Scientists in their lab as they conduct experiments, stop by the Little Shop of Prizes to trade in all the tickets you've earned and more. Virginia Discovery Museum.  Directions: East end of the Downtown Mall.  5:30-8pm.  $10 advance, $12 at the door.  Recommended for ages 2 to 8.  Email: vdmprograms@vadm.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-1025. 
 
November 15 & 16, Friday & Saturday
INLIGHT RICHMOND
1708 Gallery.
This free and open exhibition features performances, sculpture, video, and interactive projects that illuminate pathways, walls, sidewalks, green spaces, and kicks off with the Community Lantern Parade. Chimborazo Park, Church Hill.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@1708gallery.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-643-1708. 
 
August 9, 2019-January 5, 2020
TIME TO GET READY: FOTOGRAFIA SOCIAL
The Fralin Museum of Art.
Time to Get Ready: Fotografia Social features photographs taken from 1966 to the 1980s by Maria Varela (b.1940) in numerous locations throughout the Deep South, Washington D.C. and New Mexico. Raised Catholic by her Mexican father and Irish mother, Varela first got involved in the Catholic social justice movement by joining the Young Christian Students. The Fralin Museum of Art.  $Free.  Contact: Rhonda Deck.  Email: rhondadeck@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-906-1022. 
 
First Friday of every month
FREE FIRST FRIDAY
Explore More Discovery Museum.
Kids can participate in fun activities designed to help them understand how to build a foundation and frame for everything from muscles and bones to house and home. Explore More Discovery Museum.  Directions: 150 S. Main Street, Harrisonburg.  4-7pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-442-8900. 
 
Every Friday
GREAT ARTISTS PROGRAM
Art history comes alive in engaging hands-on presentations and conversations as artists of all ages come together to learn about some of the world’s great artists. Think you can’t create? Pick up the media of the masters and let your creativity run wild. You might just surprise yourself! Amazement Square .  4-5pm.  $Free with admission .  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
LOCAL MUSEUMS
We have many fabulous museums in our region. Everything from our own Virginia Discovery Museum downtown to the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond! Please also take a look at our other publication especially for tourists and newcomers, The Charlottesville Welcome Book. Visit our CharlottesvilleFamily Guide to Family Fun Year-Round for comprehensive museum listings for families in our area. For details, please click this link. 
 
Tuesday Mornings
NEW PARENT MEETUP
Virginia Discovery Museum.
New parents are invited to meet others just starting out on this parenting journey and to chat about all things mom and dad. Children under 1 receive free admission. Virginia Discovery Museum.  Directions: East end of the Downtown Mall (near City Hall).  Email: vdmprograms@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
Third Fridays
SCIENCE AFTER DARK
Science Museum of Virginia.
Each month offers a quirky and unique theme. Spend a night exploring the exhibits, with custom, all-live astronomy presentations at 6:30pm and 7:15pm in The Dome and a classic movie at 8pm on the largest screen in the state. Science After Dark features hands-on activities and stargazing on the front lawn with the Richmond Astronomical Society. Science Museum of Virginia.  Directions: 2500 West Broad St., Richmond.  5pm.  $10 general public.  Email: info@smv.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
First Wednesdays
WEGMANS PAY WHAT YOU WISH WEDNESDAY
Wegmans/Virginia Discovery Museum.
Admission to the museum is by donation today. Virginia Discovery Museum.  Directions: East end of the Downtown Mall (near City Hall).  10am-5pm.  Email: gallerymanager@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
Tuesdays
TODDLER TALES
Amazement Square.
Toddler Tales meets each Tuesday to focus on preschool preperation through fun and engaging activities, songs, take-home activities and a themed story time. Amazement Square, The Big Red Barn.  10:30am.  $Free with admission.  Recommended for ages 0 to 5.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
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April 6, June 8, August 10 & October 19, Saturdays
SEASONAL FOREST STROLLS
James Madison's Montpelier.
Winding through the Landmark and Demonstration forests, learn about the dynamic history of the forests, including use, preservation and management over the last two centuries. Discover how we care for the land today. James Madison's Montpelier.  10am-12pm.  $10.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2728 x 450. 
 
October 25, Friday
FAN MOUNTAIN OBSERVATORY PUBLIC NIGHT
UVA Department of Astronomy.
Open to the public only twice a year, the Fan Mountain Observing Station offers free public observing nights. Tickets must be requested in advance and are fulfilled on a first-come, first-serve basis (up to 6) starting September 1. Fan Mountain Observing Station, Covesville.  6-11:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-243-1885. 
 
April 27, June 29, August 31 & October 26, Saturdays
FOREST & FIELD: A NATURE EXPLORATION SERIES
James Madison's Montpelier.
Montpelier's Nature Exploration Series takes visitors into different places in the landscape for a closer look at the natural world. Each of the four walks highlights a unique topic, including native plants and animals (April 27), mushrooms and other forest floor dwellers (June 29), and insects, friends and foes (August 31). The final session of the series delves into nature journaling to draw and take note of what we see, feel and hear. Each tour includes experts and Master Naturalists to enrich the tour with their topical knowledge and provide a small group experience. Each walk takes a different path with some moderate hills and is suitable for elementary grade children and up. James Madison's Montpelier.  10am-12pm.  $10.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2728 x 450. 
 
May 4-October 27
RIDES ON THE GYPSY EXPRESS
Gypsy Hill Park Express.
The Gypsy Express is a short, fun ride around a scenic area of Stauntons Gypsy Hill Park. Today's riders are frequently the children and grandchildren of those who first rode the mini train more than a half-century ago. Rain cancels rides. Gypsy Hill Park, Staunton.  1-3pm.  $1.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-332-3800. 
 
November 10, Sunday
4TH ANNUAL WARRIOR HIKE
The Market at Grelen.
This annual hiking event will benefit Warrior Expeditions, a nonprofit organization helping veterans have a smooth transition back into civilian life. Hike the Grelen Trails for as many miles as you want, picking up tokens along the way. Turn them in at the end for a chance to win raffle prizes. More miles equals more tokens and better chances at winning. The Market at Grelen, Somerset.  Directions: 15091 Yager Rd.  12-3pm.  $30.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-7268. 
 
September 22, October 13 & November 10
PARK HOP WITH A DOC
Wildrock / Pediatric Associates.
Park Hop with a Doc® (A Wildrock Urban Outreach Initiative) is bringing imaginative play to parks for happier, healthier kids. Join local pediatricians from Pediatric Associates and Wildrock's Pop-Up Play Crew for a day for play at the park. Sept. date at Belmont Park, October date at Meade Park and November date at Washington Park. September 22 at Belmont Park, October 13 at Meade Park & November 10 at Washington Park.  1-3pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: plwildrock@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-987-0638. 
 
September 3 & 10, October 1 & 8, November 6 & December 3
SEASONAL GARDEN WALKS
Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.
Enhance your understanding and appreciation of the Garden with one of these specialized walks featuring seasonal aspects of the collection, offered monthly except January, July, and August. Come dressed for the weather and walking in the Garden. Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.  10-11am.  $17/non-members, Free for members.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-262-9887. 
 
First Saturdays
BLUE RIDGE YOUNG BIRDERS MONTHLY MEETING
Blue Ridge Young Birders Club.
Does your child have an interest in nature or a passion for birds? Come see two club members discuss birding the Eastern Shore of Virginia. The meeting is preceded by a 7:30am bird walk that is fun and informative. The event is open to kids 7-18 and their parents. Education Building of Ivy Creek Foundation.  9:30am, 7:30am bird walk.  $free.  Recommended for ages 7 to 18.  Contact: Mary Mapel.  Email: info@blueridgeyoungbirders.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-363-5035. 
 
February 1, Friday
FIRST FRIDAYS UNDER THE STARS
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Learn about the stars and other celestial objects. Start with a short talk in the education building then after the skies darken, volunteers help point out constellations and nebula. Use the Charlottesville Astronomical Society's telescope or bring your own. Cloudy skies cancel the outdoor portion. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  7:45-9pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: director@ivycreekfoundation.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7772. 
 
Second Mondays & Final Thursdays
LITTLE NATURALISTS
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Introduce your 3 to 5 year old to nature with this short talk and trail walk. Trained guides will host, starting in the Ivy Creek Foundation Education Building. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  Directions: 1780 Earlysville Road.  10-11am.  $Free.  Contact: Jill Watt.  Email: jillheffwatt@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 717-850-1461. 
 
Third Friday of every month
LIVESKY PLANETARIUM SHOW
Science Museum of Virginia.
Take a guided tour of the current night sky and find out about the latest celestial happenings. You'll also have the opportunity to ask questions and make requests of your astronomer host. Since the sky is always changing and audience questions and requests vary, each LiveSky show is different. No LiveSky during the month of April. Science Museum of Virginia.  Directions: 2500 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA.  6pm.  $5 nonmembers; free for members.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1431. 
 
Saturdays
MORNINGS IN THE MOUNTAINS
Wintergreen Nature Foundation.
Join a Foundation naturalist for an interpretive walk in the woods. Explore the many wonderful aspects of Wintergreen's natural environment. Trillium House.  Directions: Rt. 29S to I-64W to Exit 107 (Crozet, Rte 250). Take 250W to Rte 151S, turn left. Take 151 to Rte 664, 14.2 miles. Turn right at 664.  10am.  $3 members, $5 non-members..  All ages welcome.  Email: info@twnf.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-325-8169. 
 
First and Third Fridays
PUBLIC NIGHT AT THE MCCORMICK OBSERVATORY
UVA Leander McCormick Observatory.
View celestial objects through the historic 26-inch McCormick Refractor and other smaller telescopes year-round, weather permitting. Tour the Observatory, hear a presentation by an astronomer and see the exhibits. McCormick Observatory.  9-11pm mid March-early November, 7-9pm early November to mid March.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-243-1885. 
 
Ongoing
STARGAZING 101
Science Museum of Virginia, Richmond.
Learn the names and locations of each season's major constellations and bright stars. Learn how to spot planets, use a star map and use binoculars for a closer look at the night sky. Fee and registration required. 2500 West Broad St., Richmond.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
Third Friday of every month
STARS AND PLANETS
Science Museum of Virginia.
Join members of the Richmond Astronomical Society on the front lawn as they share their telescopes for a look at the night sky (weather permitting). Science Museum of Virginia.  Directions: 2500 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA.  Times vary from month to month.  $free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
First Saturday Monthly
FIRST SATURDAY BIRD WALK
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Come for an early morning bird walk with Amy Neale of the Monticello Bird Club. Beginners always are welcome, and binoculars are available to share. Meet in the parking lot of Ivy Creek Natural Area to participate. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  Directions: 1780 Earlysville Road.  7:30-9am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: programs@ivycreekfoundation.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7772. 
 
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October 18, Friday
PARTY LIKE A ROCK STAR 2019
Music Resource Center.
Party Like a Rock Star at Studio MRC. Enjoy an evening in the 90s. Live "band-a-oke" with guest performers, house band E3, open bar, food and more. Music Resource Center.  Email: musicresourcecenter@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-5478. 
 
October 18, Friday
PETER RABBIT TALES - LIVE ON STAGE!
The Paramount Theater.
Don't miss the stage retelling of the classic Beatrix Potter favorites. This live event is not only for the next generation of littles, but also for the young-at-heart who fondly remember the adventures of Potter's Peter Rabbit. The Paramount Theater.  6pm.  $14.75 adult, $10.75 youth.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-1333. 
 
October 19, Saturday
BEER & BALLET
Charlottesville Ballet / Champion Brewing Company.
Enjoy performances of different genres by members of the Charlottesville Ballet professional company while having an evening filled with craft beer and local food. A portion of proceeds donated to the ballet. Champion Brewing Co.  5:30-7:30pm.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-227-7592. 
 
October 11-12 & 18-19
HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL JR
Belmont Arts Collaborative.
Disney Channel's smash hit movie musical comes to life on stage in Disney's High School Musical JR. Troy, Gabriella and the students of East High must deal with issues of love, friends and family while balancing their classes and extra-curricular activities. Proceeds support the Belmont Arts Collaborative. Belmont Arts Collaborative.  Directions: 221 Carlton Road.  7:30pm.  Email: info@belmontarts.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
October 26, Saturday
MASON RAMSEY
The Jefferson Theater.
Mason Ramsey is a 12-year-old country artist signed to Big Loud and Atlantic Records. He was discovered in April of 2018 when a video of him singing Hank William's "Love Sick Blues" went viral. The Jefferson Theater.  8pm, doors open at 7pm.  $15 advance, $18 at the door.  Email: info@jeffersontheater.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-245-4980. 
 
October 26, Saturday
SESAME STREET SCREENING & WALKAROUND ELMO VISIT
VPM PBS / Virginia Film Festival Family Day.
VPM PBS and the Virginia Film Festival Family Day present a screening of Sesame Street and visits from Walkaround Elmo. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Sesame Street, join VPM PBS and the Virginia Film Festival at 10am for a 60-minute screening of favorite clips from this iconic, award-winning children's television series. Made up of a colorful community of monsters, birds, grouches and humans, Sesame Street is a place where everyone counts. You'll also have the opportunity to meet and take photos with Walkaround Elmo. Culbreth Theatre at UVA Arts Grounds.  10am-1:30pm.  $Free.  Email: cville@vpm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-202-1194. 
 
October 29 & 30, Tuesday & Wednesday
PAW PATROL LIVE! "RACE TO THE RESCUE"
Altria Theater.
Come roll with the PAW Patrol as everybody's favorite heroic pups race to the rescue on the day of the Great Adventure Bay Race. When Mayor Goodway goes missing, Chase, Marshall, Skye and the rest of the PAW Patrol will need to team up with Ryder to save Adventure Bay's mayor and stop Foggy Bottom's Mayor Humdinger from winning the race. Altria Theater, Richmond.  $Varies.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-514-3849. 
 
October 31, Thursday
CHILDREN'S HALLOWEEN CONCERT
Westminster Organ Concert Series.
The Westminster Organ Concert Series is proud to present its 11th annual Children's Halloween Concert. A short program of spooky organ music is followed by a tour of the pipe organ, which was built by Taylor & Boody Organbuilders of Staunton, modeled after 17th-century German organs and has over 1100 pipes. Westminster Presbyterian Church, 400 Rugby Road.  3:30-4pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: music@westminsterva.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-963-4690. 
 
November 16, Saturday
14TH ANNUAL BEST OF BOTH WORLDS DANCE AND STEP COMPETITION
The Paramount Theater.
See a fusion of dance and step teams competing for their share of $2,500 in cash and prizes, as well as bragging rights in a highly competitive event. Some of the top college, high school and community teams throughout the region will share the stage for a single afternoon. The Paramount Theater.  3:30pm.  $16 advance, $18.50 day of show.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@theparamount.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-1333. 
 
November 15-16 & 22-23
ANNIE KIDS
Belmont Arts Collaborative / DMR Adventures.
DMR Adventures is proud to present the culmination of the Fall Kids Broadway Adventure program. Annie KIDS is based on the popular comic strip and adapted from the Tony Award-winning Best Musical, with a beloved book and score by Tony Award-winners, Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, Annie KIDS features everyones favorite orphan in her very first adventure. Belmont Arts Collaborative.  Directions: 221 Carlton Road.  Varies.  Email: info@belmontarts.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
Sundays
TELL US A TALE RADIO SHOW
University of Virginia's WTJU fm 91.1.
An outstanding radio program of storytelling and music for children hosted by Peter Jones. Peter also works with local school children to produce special programs. 12-2pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-0885. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
Third Thursdays
THURSDAYS AFTER SIX
JMRL - Northside Library.
Bring your chair to the back patio, and enjoy some live music. This is a program for all ages. You can even dance in the parking lot! Northside Library.  6pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
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October 5-29
GREEN VALLEY BOOK FAIR
Green Valley Book Fair.
Encourage your child to read by expanding his or her home library. Huge selection of children's books at 60%-90% off retail prices on new, over-run or irregular books. 2192 Green Valley Ln., Mt. Crawford.  10am-5pm Monday-Thursday; 10am-6pm Friday & Saturday; 12-5pm Sunday.  $Free admission.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-385-0099. 
 
October 19, Saturday
14TH ANNUAL TOUCH A TRUCK
Junior League of Richmond.
Children can see, touch, and safely explore their favorite big trucks and heavy machinery, as well as meet the personnel who protect, serve and build the Richmond community. Vehicles on display include tractors, backhoes, emergency responders, tractor trailers, utility trucks, and a helicopter. The event also features special performances, food trucks, face painting, bounce castles, games and a raffle. Richmond International Raceway.  Directions: 602 E Laburnum Ave.  10am-3pm.  Email: touchatruck@jlrichmond.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-250-5450. 
 
October 19, Saturday
DYSLEXIA AWARENESS
Horton Vineyards / Dyslexia pqbd.
Join in for a wine tasting, dyslexia education, shopping and more. Make a monetary donation for dyslxia awareness and receive a complimentary tasting. Dyslexia pqbd will be on-site. Horton Vineyards, Gordonsville.  10am-5pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-832-7440. 
 
October 19, Saturday
FAMILY ZUMBA
JMRL - Crozet Library.
Zumba is a Latin-fusion dance class with easy-to-follow moves. Jennifer Homan will lead this family-friendly class for all ages that will get your body moving and your heart pumping. Crozet Library.  2-3pm.  Recommended for ages 8 to 12.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-4050. 
 
October 20, Sunday
GOBLINS AND GOURDS
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
Fun for the whole family. Goblins and Gourds is a harvest celebration featuring live music from the Richmond Indigenous Gourd Orchestra, pumpkin-painting and good green fun in the Childrens Garden. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Richmond.  Directions: 1800 Lakeside Avenue, Richmond.  10am-3pm.  $Free with admission.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-262-9887. 
 
October 23, Wednesday
CREATURES GREAT & SMALL
JMRL - Gordon Ave Library.
Meet an acrobatic flea, a giant stegosaurus, and practically everything in between in this Rainbow Puppet Productions musical show. You won't want to miss the pair of singing dinosaurs, Bert, a high-stepping Blue Heron and more. Gordon Ave Library.  4-5pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-5544. 
 
October 25, Friday
DOGGIE HOWLOWEEN
Pawprints Boutique.
Trick-or-treat with your dog on the Downtown Mall. Local businesses will be handing out dog bones instead of candy. The costume parade and costume contest will cap off the evening, in addition to raffles and prizes. Proceeds benefit Caring for Creatures. Downtown Mall & Central Place.  5-8:30pm.  $12 suggested donation.  All ages welcome.  Email: carrie@pawprintsboutique.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-964-0133. 
 
October 26, Sunday
10TH ANNUAL CROZET SPIRIT WALK
Field School of Charlottesville.
Partake in this fun, family-friendly annual event at Field School. A school bus will shuttle history buffs from Field to the Crozet Square. From there, a guide/narrator will walk small groups along Crozet Avenue back to the school, conversing with student actors portraying ghostly characters from various periods in Crozet and Central Virginia history along the way. Each tour lasts about 45 minutes, and homemade apple butter, apple cider and other goodies will be available for sale at the school. Field School of Charlottesville.  All ages welcome.  Email: field@fieldschoolcv.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-923-3435. 
 
October 26, Saturday
19TH ANNUAL HALLOWEEN HOOPLA
Spooky fun awaits! Dress up in your favorite costume and head down to the museum for an afternoon of trick-or-treating, pumpkin experiments and lots of chances for Halloween fun. Enjoy performances by a magician, Plaid Points Dance Company and more. Children's Museum Downtown.  Directions: 2626 W Broad Street.  1-5pm.  $Free for children, $4 for adults.  For details, please click this link. 
 
October 26, Saturday
HALLOWEEN AT MY Y
Piedmont Family YMCA.
The first 50 kids to sign up for the event will receive a free glow-in-the-dark "Halloween at my YMCA" t-shirt! "Heroes vs. Scaries" Costume Fun Run begins at 1pm. Anyone dressed as something scary will get a head start, and the "heroes" will be sent to try to catch them! Trunk-or-Treat will begin at 1:30pm, and candy donations are welcomed. Also, enjoy the Floating Pumpkin Patch at 2pm. Advance event registration will guarantee a pumpkin for your child. Crozet YMCA.  1-3pm.  $5 for members, $10 for non-members.  All ages welcome.  Email: chuffman@piedmontymca.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-205-4380. 
 
October 26, Saturday
HALLOWEEN COMIC FEST
JMRL - Central Library.
Central Library is partnering with Telegraph Art & Comics by handing out free comics. Stop by to see what's available, while supplies last. Central Library.  9am-5pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: tbirckhead@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
October 26, Saturday
LET'S GO COOK CHOCOLATE
Monticello.
Have you ever wondered where chocolate comes from? Take a delicious journey back in time and around the globe to discover the story of chocolate. Grind cacao beans and make historic recipes enjoyed in Thomas Jefferson's time. For young cooks (ages 5 and up) and their favorite grown-ups. Monticello.  Directions: Meets at the David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center.  9:30-11:30am.  $12 adults, $9 children ages 5-9, under 5 free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-984-9800. 
 
October 27, Sunday
HALLOWEEN AT HIGHLAND
James Monroe's Highland.
In partnership with the Albemarle County Fair, James Monroe's Highland will host Halloween at Highlandan afternoon of fall fun. Admission includes hayrides through the pastures, walks through the corn maze, face painting and entry in the children's Halloween costume contest (ages 14 and under) at 4pm and pumpkin contest at 5pm for all ages. Food and drink will be available for purchase. All proceeds will support youth agricultural programming and the Albemarle County Fair at Highland. James Monroe's Highland.  1-6pm.  $5/per participant, FREE for children under 6.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@highland.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-293-8000. 
 
October 27, Sunday
HARVEST PARTY
Blenheim Vineyards.
Celebrate the end of Harvest alongside live music by Small Town Rodeo from 2-4pm and enjoy brews from Fine Creek Brewery as well as food from Two Brothers food truck. Bring family and friends. Blenheim Vineyards.  Email: info@blenheimvineyards.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-293-5366. 
 
October 29, Tuesday
HOLIDAYS AT THE MUSEUM: PUMPKIN DECONSTRUCTION
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Forget the frights  enjoy some messy delights! Carve a pumpkin volcano and watch it bubble and erupt, then concoct a special seasonal slime with the leftover seeds. Ages 4+. Virginia Discovery Museum.  4:15-5:15pm.  $20.  Email: vdmprograms@vadm.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-1025. 
 
October 30, Wednesday
HOLIDAYS AT THE MUSEUM: SPOOKY SCIENCE
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Bring your own spooky, scary skeleton to life by building your own moveable skeleton hands and experiment with electric playdough. Virginia Discovery Museum.  4:15-5:15pm.  $20.  Email: vdmprograms@vadm.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-1025. 
 
November 4, Monday
STUFFED ANIMAL CLINIC
Central Library.
It's time for fuzzy friends of all sizes and descriptions to come to the library for a checkup! Discover how your stuffed animal measures up in size, softness, and more at this drop-in STEAM session. Central Library.  10am-5pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
November 5, Tuesday
KIDS VOTE: WINNIE THE POOH OR CURIOUIS GEORGE?
Scottsville Library.
Kids can cast a ballot on Election Day! Choose between candidates Winnie the Pooh and Curious George, and after you vote, enjoy a craft. Scottsville Library.  1-5pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-286-3541. 
 
November 9, Saturday
ANNUAL SALUTE TO HOMETOWN HEROES
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Celebrate hometown heroes, including fire, rescue, police and military service members. A flag ceremony by the local American Legion will start the day. See military and rescue vehicles on display and visit booths honoring and providing services for those who serve and have served. All hometown heroes (with ID) receive discounts all day on all purchases. Carter Mountain Orchard.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-1833 . 
 
November 9, Saturday
LET'S GO BEHIND THE SCENES WITH ARCHAEOLOGY
Monticello.
Kids and their grown-ups are invited for a sneak peek at the Monticello Archaeology Lab. Work with authentic artifacts and learn how archaeologists puzzle together pieces of the past to learn about the people who lived at Monticello. Meets at the David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center, Monticello.  10am-12pm.  $9 children ages 7-11 (free for ages 6 and below), $12 adults.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-984-9800. 
 
November 9 & 10, Saturday & Sunday
25TH ANNUAL ARTISANS STUDIO TOUR
46 artisans set up in 25 studios throughout central Virginia to display their craft on this self-guided tour. This is an opportunity to talk to professional artisans in a studio environment and experience their passion for creating fine art. Charlottesville and surrounding counties.  10am-5pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: director@artisanstudiotour.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-1882. 
 
November 15 & 16, Friday & Saturday
INLIGHT RICHMOND
1708 Gallery.
This free and open exhibition features performances, sculpture, video, and interactive projects that illuminate pathways, walls, sidewalks, green spaces, and kicks off with the Community Lantern Parade. Chimborazo Park, Church Hill.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@1708gallery.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-643-1708. 
 
Second Wednesdays monthly
PAWS TO READ
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Improve your reading skills and make a new pal by reading aloud to a furry companion from Green Dogs Unleashed.Call the library to register for a 15-minute time slot. JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.  3:30-4:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-5544. 
 
Second Fridays
$1 FAMILY NIGHT
Children's Museum of Richmond.
Come out for the $1 per person event every second Friday of the month at the Downtown location of the Children's Museum of Richmond. Starts June 8, 2018. CMoR Downtown.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-474-7062. 
 
First Thursdays
BLUE RIDGE IRISH MUSIC SCHOOL OPEN SESSIONS
Blue Ridge Irish Music School.
Slower, beginning musicians can play together at 6pm followed by intermediate-advanced, faster musicians at 7pm. Listeners and players are welcome. C'ville Coffee.  6-8pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: cvillesession@brimstunes.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-409-9631. 
 
First Saturdays
COMMUNITY BREAKFASTS
Rockfish Valley Community Center.
Volunteers from the community serve up breakfast at a great price. A wonderful way to meet your neighbors. Rockfish Valley Community Center.  Directions: 190 Rockfish Lane, Afton.  8:30-10:30am.  All ages welcome.  Email: rockfishcc@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 361-0100. 
 
Thursday Afternoons
DISCOVERY CLUB
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Each week holds a new discovery as you explore art, science, cultures and animals through crafts, experiments, games and more. Ages 4-8. Virginia Discovery Museum, Downtown Mall.  4-4:30pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: education@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
Thursdays
HOO-VILLE COMMUNITY FUN RUNS
Come enjoy these new, weekly fun runs across UVA grounds. Join staff, faculty, students and other community members while getting active. All levels and abilities welcome. Runs range from 2 to 5 miles. Walkers also welcome! Ragged Mountain Running shop, The Corner.  5:30-6pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: askhr@virginia.edu. For more info call: 982-0123. 
 
Every Second Monday
KID LIT
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Kids 2 and up enjoy a STEAM-related story every second Monday, then extend learning with a corresponding hands-on art craft, science experiment, or building challenge. Virginia Discovery Museum.  10:30am.  Email: vol@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-1025. 
 
Saturdays
LIVING LAB
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Researchers from the Child Development Laboratories at UVA meet each Saturday afternoon with families and discuss their research while children engage in games and activities as part of current and ongoing studies. Virginia Discovery Museum, Downtown Mall.  1-3pm.  $Free with admission.  Email: education@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-1025. 
 
Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays in November
MORNINGS WITH THE MINIS
Morning Sun Minis.
Spend time interacting with and learning about miniature horses and enjoy an intimate, personalized session. Morning Sun Minis.  Directions: 6946 Louisa Rd.  By appointment.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-272-5267. 
 
Fridays & Sundays
PINBALL AT PAUL'S PINBALL PALACE
Pinball Palace.
Come out and play unlimited pinball on machines dating all the way back to 1947. The Glass Building.  7-11pm Fridays, 1-6pm Sundays.  $10 for unlimited play. 
 
Fridays & Sundays
ROLLER SKATING AT CARVER RECREATION CENTER
Charlottesville Parks and Recreation.
Roller skating has returned to Carver Recreation Center. This free event occurs Fridays from 5pm-8pm and Sundays from 1pm-6pm. Skates are provided and there is no charge for this activity. Carver Recreation Center, Jefferson School City Center.  5-8pm Fridays; 1-6pm Sunday.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-970-3053. 
 
Third Fridays
SQUARE AND CONTRA DANCING AT THE FRONT PORCH
The Front Porch / C-ville Hoedown.
Come for square and contra dancing with caller and local favorite Brian Hamshar, who will have beginners dancing in no time. No need to bring a partner. Wheelhouse plays lively celtic-inspired music served up by accordion, piano, flutes and pipes. Everyone is welcome. The Front Porch.  7:30pm beginner's workshop, 8-10pm dance.  $10 adults, $5 students, 12 and under free.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@frontporchcville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 806-7062. 
 
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October 18, Friday
UVA MEN'S SOCCER
University of Virginia Athletics.
Cheer on the 'Hoos in their game against Pittsburgh. Klockner Stadium.  7pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: uvatickets@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-924-8821. 
 
October 19, Saturday
FAMILY ZUMBA
JMRL - Crozet Library.
Zumba is a Latin-fusion dance class with easy-to-follow moves. Jennifer Homan will lead this family-friendly class for all ages that will get your body moving and your heart pumping. Crozet Library.  2-3pm.  Recommended for ages 8 to 12.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-4050. 
 
October 19, Saturday
UVA FOOTBALL VS. DUKE & FAMILY WEEKEND
University of Virginia Athletics.
Cheer on the 'Hoos at home. Scott Stadium.  TBA.  Email: uvatickets@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-542-8821. 
 
October 22, Tuesday
UVA MEN'S SOCCER
University of Virginia Athletics.
Cheer on the 'Hoos in their game against Saint Louis. Klockner Stadium.  7pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: uvatickets@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-924-8821. 
 
October 26, Saturday
14TH ANNUAL CLARK BUZZ-BY-BELMONT 5K
Clark Elementary School.
Now in it's 14th year, this celebration of fitness, student achievement and family fun starts and finishes at Clark Elementary School and has become a tradition in the neighborhood. Join in for a post celebration at the school with bike rodeo, garden activities and Wildrock play area. Clark Elementary School.  8am-12pm.  $Varies.  Email: ClarkBeesPTO@gmail.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-245-2414. 
 
October 26, Saturday
WALK TO END ALZHEIMER'S
Alzheimer's Association.
Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's® is the world's largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's care, support and research. This inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to join the fight against the disease. Registration at 9a.m. Ceremony at 10a.m. Walk at 10:30a.m. IX Art Park.  9am-12pm.  $Free.  Email: jcraig@alz.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-260-7718. 
 
November 2, Saturday
MONTPELIER HUNT RACES
Montpelier Steeplechase and Equestrian Foundation.
Experience world-class steeplechase horse races. Enjoy the Jack Russell Terrier races, kids' stick-horse races and Vendors Row. Montpelier.  Directions: Montpelier Station.  9am-6pm.  $Varies.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Martha Strawther.  Email: martha@montpelierraces.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-0027. 
 
November 3, Sunday
CHARLOTTESVILLE HEART WALK
American Heart Association.
Designed to promote physical activity and heart-healthy living, the Heart Walk creates an environment that's fun and rewarding for the entire family. Choose from 5K or 3.1 mile noncompetitive walk. 415 Ray C Hunt Dr.  Email: charlottesvilleheartwalk@heart.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-607-7719. 
 
November 5, Tuesday
UVA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL VS. BUCKNELL
University of Virginia Athletics.
Come cheer on our 'Hoos at home vs. Buknell. John Paul Jones Arena.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-542-8821. 
 
November 9, Saturday
UVA FOOTBALL VS. GEORGIA TECH & HOMECOMINGS
University of Virginia Athletics.
Cheer on the 'Hoos at home. Scott Stadium.  TBD.  Email: uvatickets@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-542-8821. 
 
November 10, Sunday
4TH ANNUAL WARRIOR HIKE
The Market at Grelen.
This annual hiking event will benefit Warrior Expeditions, a nonprofit organization helping veterans have a smooth transition back into civilian life. Hike the Grelen Trails for as many miles as you want, picking up tokens along the way. Turn them in at the end for a chance to win raffle prizes. More miles equals more tokens and better chances at winning. The Market at Grelen, Somerset.  Directions: 15091 Yager Rd.  12-3pm.  $30.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-7268. 
 
November 10, Sunday
UVA MEN'S BASKETBALL VS. JAMES MADISON UNIVERSITY
University of Virginia Athletics.
Come cheer our 'Hoos at home vs. James Madison University. John Paul Jones Arena.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-542-8821. 
 
November 16, Saturday
UVA MEN'S BASKETBALL VS. COLUMBIA
University of Virginia Athletics.
Come cheer our 'Hoos at home vs. Columbia. John Paul Jones Arena.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-542-8821. 
 
November 16, Saturday
UVA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL VS. UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY
University of Virginia Athletics.
Come cheer on our 'Hoos at home vs. University of Kentucky. John Paul Jones Arena.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-542-8821. 
 
September 6-November 29
FOOTBALL WEEKENDS AT ALUMNI HALL
The UVA Alumni Association.
Gather at Alumni Hall three hours before kick-off for every home game. These tailgates feature live bands, tap takeovers by local breweries, kids activities, food, drinks and more. Several big-screen TVs let you catch all the college football gamed action too. One-way shuttle service is provided from Alumni Hall to Observatory Hill Dining Hall across from the stadium. The UVA Alumni Association.  Directions: 211 Emmet Street South.  $Free to attend; Food available for purchase.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-243-9042. 
 
Thursdays
HOO-VILLE COMMUNITY FUN RUNS
Come enjoy these new, weekly fun runs across UVA grounds. Join staff, faculty, students and other community members while getting active. All levels and abilities welcome. Runs range from 2 to 5 miles. Walkers also welcome! Ragged Mountain Running shop, The Corner.  5:30-6pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: askhr@virginia.edu. For more info call: 982-0123. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
UVA CAVALIERS
University of Virginia.
Go Hoos!!! Youth Day games provide extra treats for the kids! Season schedule and games scores available through web link. All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 982-5631. 
 
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Third Saturdays
BARNES AND NOBLE STORYTIME PRESENTS: BILINGUAL STORYTIME
Barnes and Noble.
Bilingual Storytime for Children is held the third Saturday of each month. Readings will be done by Ali Sullivan of Spanish Moves! Cuentos bilingües para Niños este evento se celebra el cuarto sábado de cada. Las lecturas serán realizadas por Ali Sullivan de movimientos españoles! Ven y participa en la hora de los cuentos bilingues el tercer sábado de cada mes. Habrá cuentos, canciones y actividades. Charlottesville Barnes and Noble.  11am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Sandi Cararo.  Email: crm2559@bn.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-6598. 
 
Final Saturdays
SATURDAY STORIES
JMRL - Central.
Stop by for a special storytime treat in the Children’s Room the last Saturday of the month. All families are welcome, including stuffed animals. Donuts with Dad will be a specialty storytime offered February 24. Central Library.  Directions: 201 E. Market Street.  10:30am.  $Free.  Email: central@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151 . 
 
Saturdays
STORYTIME AT NEW DOMINION BOOKSHOP
New Dominion Bookshop.
Young children welcome to come to the mezzanine of the bookshop. A staff member will read classic, as well as new books to the group. New Dominion Bookshop.  Directions: 404 East Main St..  11am & 1pm.  $free.  Contact: Julia Kudravetz.  Email: ndb@cstone.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-295-2552. 
 
STORYTIME EVENTS
In addition to all of the regular Storytimes planned around town each week there are sometimes extra special events. Look to the AF Kid's Events and Activities Calendar for Storytime Events to find visits from costumed characters, theme parties, live storytimes on the radio, and more.
 
Wednesdays September-December
TODDLER TIME
JMRL - Scottsville Library.
A program for babies and toddlers emphasizing simple concepts, patterns and unconditional acceptance. This 20-minute activity includes books, songs, fingerplays and flannel board stories. Scottsville Library.  10am.  $Free.  Email: scottsville@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 286-3541. 
 
Wednesdays in January
WEEKLY STORYTIME
Barnes & Noble.
Enjoy this new weekly event, featuring fun stories and activities for everyone to enjoy. Barracks Shopping Center Barnes & Noble.  10am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: crm2559@bn.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-984-6598 . 
 
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October 18, Friday
PETER RABBIT TALES - LIVE ON STAGE!
The Paramount Theater.
Don't miss the stage retelling of the classic Beatrix Potter favorites. This live event is not only for the next generation of littles, but also for the young-at-heart who fondly remember the adventures of Potter's Peter Rabbit. The Paramount Theater.  6pm.  $14.75 adult, $10.75 youth.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-1333. 
 
August 8-November 29
CAESAR AND CLEOPATRA
American Shakespeare Center.
A wily old general mentors a fiery young queen in the finer points of state-craft. Contains some adult content. American Shakespeare Center welcomes children age 7+. The Blackfriars Playhouse.  Directions: 10 S. Market Street, Staunton.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-851-1733. 
 
June 26-November 30
ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA
American Shakespeare Center.
Two great leaders entangle themselves and their nations in one great big romantic mess. Contains some adult content. American Shakespeare Center welcomes children age 7+. The Blackfriars Playhouse.  Directions: 10 S. Market Street, Staunton.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-851-1733. 
 
June 25-November 30
JULIUS CAESER
American Shakespeare Center.
A cautionary tale about the unintended consequences of political assassination. Contains some adult content. American Shakespeare Center welcomes children age 7+. The Blackfriars Playhouse.  Directions: 10 South Market Street, Staunton.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-851-1733 . 
 
Monday-Friday and Satuday
PLAYHOUSE TOUR
American Shakespeare Center.
See the Blackfriars playhouse from the Inside Out. Tour participants will, learn about the historical predecessor, discover the inner workings of our 21st-century professional company, and explore the re-creation of Shakespeares indoor theatre. Weekday tours may be cancelled due to Student Matinees. Blackfriars Playhouse.  Monday-Friday at 2pm and Satuday at 11am.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-851-1733. 
 
THEATRE PERFORMANCE GROUPS
Charlottesville-Albemarle is filled with talent! Your young dancer or actor is sure to find a class or group to enjoy. Look to our AF Guide to Kids Recreation Year-Round to find many terrific organizations offering dance classes and theatre classes. Also, watch the Family Events and Festivals Calendar for specific performances and review the AK Guide to Family Fun Year-Round to see which groups do shows for families.
 

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